COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Announcements for Events, Concerts and Shows

FERC (Foundation for the Education of Rural Children) will hold its fifth Gala Dinner on Saturday, February 28, at Le Grand Lanna, soon to be the new Chiang Mai Mandarin Oriental. Dinner and dance for the price of 1,500 baht p.p., and with the assurance that you will be helping to fulfill their 2004 project: the building of a library/study center in Mae Sariang District. Tickets can be purchased at Amari Rincome (guest relation desk), FERC committee members or at the Chiangmai Mail office (Marion 053 234 102).

‘Identities versus Globalisation’, Southeast Asian Art Exhibition, until February 29 at CMU Art Museum. Modern art from 60 ambitious artists from 10 Asian countries, organized by The Heinrich Boell Foundation.

HQ Art Gallery exhibition ‘Icons of Serenity’ by Suriya Siemmai and Wattanapong Yotaitiang. Contemporary art showing from March 1 until March 31, Monday – Saturday 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. HQ Art Gallery is situated at 3/31 Samlan Road, opposite Wat Phrasing.

CMU Arts Museum features Craft from March 5 – March 9. Over 100 shops and OTOP products to see. Inaugural presentation of top freelance designers in different fields. For more informationvisit www.craftdesignfest.com

CMU in cooperation with the IPF will be host to Dame Anita Roddick, founder of ‘The Body Shop’, who will give a keynote speech at Chiang Mai University (Faculty of Business Administration) on Thursday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. Info and free tickets: Phone 053 943 661-5, 053 224 076 and 053 941 007, Fax 053 219 252, 053 943 666 and 053 942 666, E-mail [email protected] and [email protected] Her topic will be “Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Trade”.

INTG: The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker for this INTG talk will be: Reinhard Hohler who will talk about his “Mekong Expedition 2002 in perspective.”

‘Kids Ark Foundation Gala Dinner 2004’ to raise funds at The House Restaurant on March 6 beginning at 7 p.m. Presided over by Princess Jao Doung Duen Na Chiangmai and H.E. the hon. ambassador of Sweden Jan Nordlander; entertainment by ‘The House Orchestra Sabai’ and a fashion show. Limited seating available. Cost: 2,800 baht. Reservations: call Joe at 053 419 011.

The CDSC will be host to the first ever church service by Pastor Burkhard Bartel on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Meeting to socialize starts at 3 p.m. in the premises of the Christian German School Chiang Mai.

On Sunday, March 14, Amari Rincome will have a one night appearance of The Village Street Band from Switzerland. Show and dinner-buffet will start at 7.p.m.

March 26-28, at the Sheraton Chiang Mai Hotel, photo exhibition “Mekong 2004” in conjunction with the Ninth PATA Mekong Tourism Forum.

Clubs

Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!).

More information at 053 342 362 or 09 997 8146.

If you have a passion for making movies using film or video, and are looking for others who have similar interest - then ‘IndieClub’ is the community for you. Whether your interests lie in acting, directing, producing, writing, lighting or any other skill that is associated with making great film or video, join for free. Need more info about the Chiang Mai ‘IndieClub’? Email: [email protected]

Cocktails & Sundowners

A new meeting point has opened in town: Rydges Hotel has opened its new Lobby Bar! Happy Hours from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.! Meet your friends and business partners and enjoy a drink and a snack. Free car park available.

Dining

Amari Rincome’s food promotion for the month of February is: “Asian Reflections - a fusion of East-West cuisine”. A fusion menu could be, for example, something like this: asparagus-sesame crusted salmon, asparagus vinaigrette and wasabi cream, followed by grilled Australian fillet of beef on soft coriander-whipped polenta with roasted shallots, pinot noir reduction and a crisp parmesan tuile and as a dessert, caramelized banana tart with frozen star anise souffl้, banana caramel sauce and chocolate ice cream.

Amazing Sandwich, ‘a shady island in a sea of rice’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway, between Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel can also deliver to your door for orders over 350 baht. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in no later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 053 218 846.

Chez Gibus Grill House Restaurant offers a daily BBQ, salads & french-fries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sundays. All you can eat for only 199 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Table reservations at tel. 053 272 712.

Kurt’s Restaurant, formerly known as Formula 1, will once again show every race and pamper their guests in the restaurant at Anusorn market. The race on March 7 starts at 10 a.m., so get there on time!

The Grillstation’s Steak Night is today! Coming up: Formula 1 race-specials. The season starts March 7 at 10 a.m. Grillstation will serve a breakfast buffet for 150 baht /p.p. from 9 a.m. onwards, including homemade pretzels and Bloody Mary drinks.

The Rydges Chiang Mai offers Sunday Family Brunch with Thai specialties and a variety of international, mouth-watering highlights. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Chillies Restaurant. Special children’s buffet and kindergarten with somebody to look after the kids so that parents can eat in peace. Rydges Beer Garden is now open from 5 p.m. – midnight, Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. - buy 1, get 1 free (glass of beer or jug), snacks and special dishes only 40 baht net per serving, BBQ and suckling pig every Sunday, freestyle live music with female singer. Parking available at the hotel. Table reservations at 053 251 531.

Education

Childbirth Preparation Classes - Especially for first time parents who are interested in the Bradley method, Juanita Duong, Diane Smith and Lori Rowe work together to teach a series of two 2-hour classes that will help prepare a couple for the birth of their baby. After the birth, one of these nurses will also do a follow-up visit to answer any newborn questions as well as assist with breast-feeding if needed. Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge.

The Plearn Center for Language, Art and Culture is now open. ‘Little Chef’ program for children, language lessons for kids and adults and much more. For more information call 053 247 800.

Entertainment

Saturday Jazz at the Amari Rincome Hotel - each Saturday at 6:30 - 10 p.m., La Gritta Restaurant at the Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai arranges a live jazz performance by the Daeng Fantastic Quartet. Listen to jazz favorites down the years, and enjoy a specialty theme buffet created by expert chef, Adrian O’Herlihy.

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Feb 29: Gobbeh (1996)/-Iran- Beautiful fairytale of life and love telling the story of a nomadic couple and a young woman who emerges from a carpet. Won numerous awards.

Services

Raintree Resource Centre - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free booklet: “Helpful Hints for getting settled in Chiang Mai”. Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - noon and Sundays 4 - 4.45p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays). Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 5,000 English books available. Info-line 053-262660. Movie-line 053-262661, e-mail: [email protected]

The Phamai Clinic, a governmental organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problem with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential! Call 053 226 135 or e-mail for more information: Pha_mai_ clinic @hotmail .com

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai area. So why not donate one for only 7,000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiang Mai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).